Internet Hate Machine

Internet Hate Machine

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Added Sep 21, 2009 at 12:47AM EDT by Tomberry.

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Internet Hate Machine is a term initially used by a Los Angeles news station to describe Anonymous, which has since been co-opted as an inside joke by members of the group. The label can be seen as a testament to the perception gap between outsiders who may feel that Anonymous actions are carried out of sadistic pleasure and insiders of the group who insist they’re done for the lulz, or one’s comedic enjoyment.


The term “Internet Hate Machine” was coined during a news story on Anonymous broadcast by Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV on July 26th 2007, which characterized the group as hackers, cyber bullies and "domestic terrorists.” The report also called the group “hackers on steroids” with an unrelated video clip of an exploding van as a depiction of Anonymous’ real-life terrorism.


The following day, a thread about the report was posted to 4chan’s /a/ (anime) board[9]. On July 28th, the video was linked on the front page of Slashdot[5] and the term was defined twice on Urban Dictionary[1], both written in a joking manner. On the same day, a thread about the “Internet Hate Machine” was posted to pharmaceutical professionals message board CafePharma[7], which was largely met by mocking replies from other forum members. On July 29th, YouTuber AnonymousHateMachine uploaded a response video, noting that the news station had completely missed the point of Anonymous.

In the following months, two YTMND[2] sites were created in tribute to the phrase. During Project Chanology in 2008, “Internet Hate Machine” has been referenced in webcomics by xkcd] and Bigger Than Cheeses.[4] In 2009, Benjamin Nolan, a student at the University of Chicago, used the “Internet Hate Machine” in the title of his masters thesis[8] on the political discourse found in Anonymous communications. As of September 2012, there are more than 600 results for “internet hate machine” on Chanarchive.[6

Remix Videos

As the video clip of the news segment continued to gain traction, some YouTube users began to remix it or create YouTube Poop with the original footage.

Term Expansion

A handful of journalists and bloggers have extended the usage of the term “Internet Hate Machine” to not only included Anonymous members, but anyone who participates in negative or cyberbullying commentary online, as found in articles by religious blog Think Christian[10] in reference to the reception of Rebecca Black’s Friday and Radio Free Europe[11] to describe the backlash experience of an athlete in the London 2012 Olympic Games after finishing in fourth place. Additionally in April 2012, the phrase was falsely attributed to humor site 9gag by members of the forums[12] and Reddit.[13]

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Crimson Avenger
Crimson Avenger

This wouldn’t happen if people just learned how pick they’re battle. We’ve learned that 4chan is more powerful than people realize. Just don’t f*ck with them. "The most important lesson one can learn is “Haterz gonna hate.” (Imagine your reading this quote in Stephan Fry’s voice)

Erika Williams
Erika Williams

These stories are yet another case of “Didn’t Do The Research” that FOX News and the mainstream media at large has given us. Like seriously, these newscasters are moronic, how long would it take them to type in a URL and actually look around a bit?

Instead they point accusatory fingers at people, throwing labels around like no tomorrow, even if those labels don’t fit 10% of the people they’re doing a report on. Like how’d Anonymous get a hold of the passwords of the guy whose MySpace got hacked? I’ll bet you anything that he was being moronic and let it slip, or he downloaded a trojan or some redarded stuff like that. I mean, if you do something idiotic like letting a known theif stay the night, I say it’s your own damn fault if he steals your TV and bails before you wake up.


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